Sitting here at my computer with a huge cup of tea, I ponder the following… how safe is tea? To some this may sound a little silly however the reality is that nowadays you can find soy on the label of teabags. So what does this mean about other allergens. Well, have you ever been to a loose leaf place? If so, have you ever noticed that there are all kinds of tea, some which include nuts!
I’m a little hesitant to have loose leaf teas, and when at a coffee shop I always opt for the tea bags and read the boxes of the tea before I order anything. Most people are shocked when I turn down having tea, it seems so innocent, however nothing is completely safe.
Do you drink loose leaf teas? If so, what brands do you drink. Does that company make any teas with blends that may have shells from nuts? If they do, do they have procedures in place to lessen the cross-contamination factor? I’m on the lookout for some nut-free loose leaf companies… Any ideas?
My personal motto always has been and remains to be: “you can never be too careful”
Eating out for all of us with food allergies is often scary or worrisome. Even if you have a restaurant you trust as the staff may change, or food ingredients might change. Eating out means trusting someone else with your food. Some chefs and kitchen managers are aware and more understanding than others when it comes to food allergies. Perhaps they have a child or a relative with severe, life-threatening food allergies.
If you haven’t yet seen the following article in the news, I’d recommend having a read. The article discusses a recent guide that was created in collaboration with Anaphylaxis Canada and The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association for Canadian restaurateurs.
We all have some areas that we feel more comfortable in and others that we just don’t. Dating wasn’t always something I felt comfortable with. It took me time to get there. What questions do you have about dating with food allergies? What did you wish you knew? Is there anything you feel might prepare you or perhaps your child for entering the world of dating?
Is it the first kiss? Or a dinner date?
Leave a comment here and we’ll get the conversation going.
It’s Friday and time for a weekend away! We’ve stopped to get groceries and are good to go! Nothing like a relaxing weekend away with safe food. Staying at a place with a kitchen makes my allergy worries dissipate. I don’t mind cooking on a retreat, holiday etc because I have sooo much fewer worries, than when I need to ask a chef and kitchen staff about all the meals.
What’s your ideal vacation? Eating out for all meals or having your own kitchen? I’d choose the kitchen every time!!
My birthday is Saturday and with allergies, I always struggle what to do for my birthday as I often feel uncomfortable speaking to the waiter or waitress when I am with a big group of friends. I called up a restaurant (Bard & Banker) I had eaten at in the past and had a safe meal and made a reservation. After she confirmed they had the table space I said; “I also have severe, life-threatening food allergies and was hoping I could speak to the manager or chef”. The reply I got absolutely surprised me! Though it was a REALLY great surprise! She said; “Right, are you still allergic to peanuts, nuts, soy, lentils and sensitive to the gluten and dairy?”.
Turns out they had kept my allergies on file for the next time I would visit! I was smiling ear to ear. I said yes and she finished by saying they would take precautions when preparing my birthday dinner. I hung up the phone and took a nice deep breathe and smiled some more. My worrying about dinner with my friends was no longer the same.
Literally 2 minutes later the phone rings… A call from the Bard & Banker. I am asked whether I know what I will want to eat on Saturday night, so they can take the extra precautions to prepare my meal separately to prevent cross-contamination! WOW! I have never heard a restaurant ask that before. My smile was back and the weight I felt on my shoulders lifted. I was definitely feeling relieved and ready to celebrate my birthday. I can’t wait for Saturday! My allergies will not affect the good times we will have.
Have you had an experience similar to this that you want to share? What restaurants do you feel the most safe at? How do you rate the safest to least safe restaurants for you or your child? Is it by attention and precautions taken by the restaurant staff? A safe meal? Or by what they have in the kitchen?